How to navigate air travel while breastfeeding

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Flying with an infant is never a low-stress process, But Netflix star Emily Calandrelli recently condemned the method TSA agents deal with Pumping essentials into her carry-on bag this week has drawn close attention to the issues breastfeeding moms face while traveling.

In a Twitter thread, Calandrelli, who was traveling without her baby and was planning to pump milk at the airport, Hinge Her accusation that TSA agents incorrectly told her that she could not bring partially frozen or thawed ice bags through the security checkpoint. aIt is said that Northeast They even demanded to know him where It was her child.

TSA Regulations About Breastfeeding Supplements Allowed Through Safety aRe just one point of confusion for parents traveling, so here What you need to know if you’re breastfeeding and flying, with or without your baby, so you can stand up for yourself.

What breastfeeding necessities does TSA allow in your carry-on items?

According to TSA’s websitechestMilk is allowed in reasonable quantities in portable bags, the same applies to formula and juice. “Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be checked separately from the rest of your belongings,” TSA notes. “You don’t need to travel with your baby to get breast milk.” (Notably, while the encounter Calandrelli described occurred over two semi-melt ice packs in her bag, she said an agent advised her. [have been] Trouble ‘if her son is with her.)

TSA website does Add Key Warning: “The final decision rests with the TSA official as to whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”

What other items are allowed – at least, until any TSA official decides they aren’t allowed? Pumps and bottles are allowed, but bottles with liquid must be removed from the bag. The The TSA website also has a page Dedicated to gel ice packs, which are a must for parents during breastfeeding Travel — an essential component of Calandrelli’s story.

Frozen liquid items are perfectly fine at the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid during inspection – but this only applies to gel packs are not ‘medically necessary’, and he, According to TSA, Allowed “in reasonable quantities” regardless of physical condition. The agency requires you to notify the officers at the checkpoint so they can inspect the packages. If you are worried about thawing cold compresses before going through safetyConsider packing empty bags in your handbag and order ice at one of the restaurants or newsstands you come across before you reach your gate.

WHen heading across the barrier, remove Your cooler, any milk you’ve filled, your pump, and your cold packs out of your bag so they can get down to the conveyor belt on their own. TSA agents may want to test your milk If they are not frozen, but you can ask them to use a file alternative screening procedures, or at least Wear new gloves.

Can you breastfeed on a plane?

If your baby is with you, you may be wondering if you can breastfeed him on the same plane. The answer is yes: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even in recommend you Nurse during take off or landingIf possible, to protect the child from earache due to cabin pressure changes. other whe isAh, you are allowed Feed your baby on demand.

Most airlines Explicitly allowing you to breastfeed in your seatalthough others do not have a specific policy. for example, delta website He notes that the company “fully supports a woman’s right to breastfeed on Delta and Delta Connection aircraft and at Delta facilities.” Delta also notes that many airports offer private nursing rooms or spaces, so you can pump or nurse even before you board the plane.

If the milk is frozen and have a bottle with you and you can’t (or don’t want to) A nurse on the plane, ask the flight attendant a A cup of hot water to help you melt it.

What about pumping on board?

Most Airports have special rooms or spaces for breast-feeding parents to pump or breastfeed, but you It is also generally allowed to pump on the plane while you are in your seat or in the bathroom. Consider allowing Host Aviation Know what you are going to do If you plan to spend time in the bathroom. They have been trained to handle all kinds of things and possibly be able to offer you more privacy or, at least, they will be less likely to start knocking on the door When you fail to reappear immediately.

Know your rights and keep receipts

Print (or keep an attachment screenshot ofTSA rules for breast milk, breast pumpscold pack allowances in carry-on baggage, as well as the breastfeeding policies of any airline you fly with.

Feed your baby wherever and whenever you want it’s your rightAnd Even while traveling. If anyone makes it a problemGet rid of these policies — but just make sure you follow them to the letter.

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